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ERIC Number: EJ1059525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
The Digital Divide: One Middle School Teacher Attempts to Connect with His Students in Online Literature Discussions
Maples, Joellen
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v20 p24-38 2010
This paper explores a middle school teacher's and his students' perceptions of the differences between online synchronous literature discussions and face-to-face literature discussions. Each member of this literature group participated in two face-to-face and two online literature discussions. Participants were interviewed twice to discuss their perceptions of both experiences. From these interviews, the following themes emerged: 1) Shifting Participation Roles, 2) Controlling the Discussion, and 3) Contending with Technological Obstacles to Discussion. The goal of this study is to help teachers who perceive the value of collaboration and social interaction in the learning process see the value of using computer based technologies in their classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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